Ministry maps career paths

first_img Previous Article Next Article Ministry maps career pathsOn 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has launched a new web-based tool that allowsstaff and managers to plan and manage training and develop structured personaldevelopment plans. Career Paths has been created by QA and identifies theskills employees need for their current or desired job role, and proposestraining courses to develop those skills. Previously there was no guaranteethat the courses an employee took were the most appropriate for the job. “Career Paths brings valuable structure to our training and careerdevelopment programmes,” says Susie Thomson, spokeswoman for the MOD’sDefence Communication Services Agency (DCSA). “To encourage use, the toolhas been made to look like an MOD initiative with all the right branding. Itsuse gives me confidence that training is in line with business objectives, andthat budgets are well spent.” The tool can be accessed from employee desktops or the MOD’s intranet. Usersselect the appropriate job family and job title, and can then view a structuredprofile of core and functional competencies and corresponding training plans.It also allows staff to choose the training delivery method that best suitstheir learning style: classroom, e-learning or self-study. More than 250 classroom, e-learning and computer-based courses fromrecognised MOD providers have been mapped on to the corresponding job roles, aswell as the ministry’s in-houses courses and QA’s management and trainingportfolio, “Support for career development is vital for maintaining motivated,effective teams,” said Paul Northcott, head of consulting at QA.”Career Paths gives MOD staff a clear outline of how to progress to adesired role – that’s incredibly powerful and motivating.” www.qa.comlast_img read more

The role of curvature in modifying frontal instabilities. Part I: Review of theory and presentation of a nondimensional instability criterion

first_imgIn this study, we examine the role of curvature in modifying frontal stability. We first evaluate the classical criterion that the Coriolis parameter, f, multiplied by the Ertel potential vorticity (PV), q, is positive for stable flow and that instability is possible when this quantity is negative. The first portion of this statement can be deduced from Ertel’s PV theorem, assuming an initially positive fq. Moreover, the full statement is implicit in the governing equation for the mean flow, as the discriminant, fq, changes sign. However, for curved fronts in cyclo-geostrophic or gradient wind balance (GWB), an additional term enters the discriminant owing to conservation of absolute angular momentum, L. The resulting expression, Lq < 0, simultaneously generalizes Rayleigh’s (1917) criterion by accounting for baroclinicity and Hoskins’ (1974) criterion by accounting for centrifugal effects. In particular, changes in the front’s vertical shear and stratification owing to curvature tilt the absolute vorticity vector away from its thermal wind state; in an effort to conserve the product of absolute angular momentum and Ertel PV, this modifies gradient Rossby and Richardson numbers permitted for stable flow. This forms the basis of a non-dimensional expression valid for inviscid, curved fronts on the f -plane, which can be used to classify frontal instabilities. In conclusion, the classical criterion, fq < 0, should be replaced by the more general criterion, Lq < 0, for studies involving gravitational, centrifugal, and symmetric instabilities at curved density fronts. In Part 2 of the study, we examine interesting outcomes of the criterion applied to low-Richardson number fronts and vortices in GWB.last_img read more

Raytheon to work on US Navy sensor interconnectivity

first_img View post tag: US Navy Raytheon contracted for work on US Navy sensor interconnectivity View post tag: Raytheon Share this article Authoritiescenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Raytheon contracted for work on US Navy sensor interconnectivity March 15, 2017 The U.S. Office of Naval Research recently awarded Raytheon an $11.8 million contract for work on networking technologies that would provide greater sensor interconnectivity and enhance integrated fires capabilities for naval operations.Communications and Interoperability for Integrated Fires, or CIIF, will advance situational awareness for force-wide integrated air and missile defense.New and existing ships, planes, UAVs and expeditionary forces will communicate and share critical information across data links. These links connect one platform to another via radio frequency to transmit and receive digital information.“CIIF brings the Navy closer to full spectrum awareness and supports distributed lethality,” said Colin Whelan, vice president of advanced technology at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. “Battlefield commanders need instant access to as much information as possible to protect critical assets and save lives. CIIF ties together that information – from land, sea and air-based sensors, across the services – in ways never before possible.”last_img read more

Ocean City Wins Award for Post-Sandy Marketing Campaign

first_imgNot long after the record flooding of Superstorm Sandy receded in late-October 2012, Ocean City officials realized the city faced a potential disaster even greater than the hurricane.Sandy threatened to wash away the summer.The national news media converged on the Jersey Shore and captured photographs and videos of collapsed piers, sunken roller coasters and homes swept off their foundations. The worst of the damage was in central and northern New Jersey, but the indelible images sent a message to the world that the New Jersey’s shore resorts were devastated.Fearing that the media storm would damage the tourist economy so vital to the city and its residents, the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Ocean City Tourism Development Commission and the City of Ocean City worked quickly to develop a smarketing message: Ocean City was “Ready for Your Stay.”Ocean City won the New Jersey Tourism Excellence Award for the campaign and was honored at the New Jersey Council on Tourism on Thursday in Atlantic City. Chamber Executive Director Michele Gillian accepted the award at the conference.The groups spent more than $500,000 on a campaign that included advertising through billboards, lifestyle magazines, Internet, social media, print publications and television. The Tourism Commission is funded by assessments on local mercantile licenses and rental unit registrations.The return on investment included more than recognition from New Jersey Tourism. The Chamber reported that:Preseason website visits (oceancityvacation.com) were up 17 percent and telephone inquires increased by 12 percent.2013 summer rentals kept pace with 2012 despite the storm.Motel and inn reservations were up 5 percent.Local amusement park preseason ticket sales were up 8 percent.Coupon redemption from the Official Ocean City Coupon Book and Downtown mailer was up 13 percent and visitors to the Welcome Centers increased more than 130 percent.Sandy made landfall just 20 miles north of Ocean City on Oct. 29, 2012. The storm flattened dunes, left streets buried in sand and filled the first floors of many homes and businesses with deep floodwaters. The damage displaced residents and closed businesses. Even before a mandatory evacuation order was lifted, armies of equipment operators were clearing streets, securing downed wires and launching the cleanup effort. A massive volunteer effort among city, business, church and community leaders followed.“The Ocean City community proved its strength and resilience in the wake of Superstorm Sandy,” the Chamber wrote in its application. “While there was widespread devastation, on a whole, Ocean City was lucky compared to our northern neighbors.”“The storm took enough away from its residents and businesses,” the Chamber wrote. “It was not going to take away their livelihoods, the summer tourism season.”Ocean City was the first New Jersey community to send a message that they survived the storm. Staff members at the visitors centers were trained in how to answer the thousands of phone calls and emails regarding the storm. Guests were encouraged to return and to support the local businesses that desperately needed the commerce. Within weeks of the storm, the Chamber was helping promote businesses that were back open for the holidays.Gillian said on Friday that the seeds of the marketing campaign started with an effort to let people know that Ocean City’s First Night New Year’s Eve celebration would go on as scheduled. More than 8,000 attended.From that time, new elements of the campaign were unveiled every two weeks, culminating in the ceremonial cutting of a mile-long ribbon to “open” the Ocean City Boardwalk on Memorial Day.Gillian credited the teamwork of the Tourism Commission, Chamber of Commerce and city for the success of the campaign.last_img read more

Birds Bakery begins work on new site in Stretton

first_imgBirds Bakery has begun work to build a new shop in Stretton, Staffordshire in response to customer demand from the local area.The bakery will be 1,000 sq ft and construction work, which started on the site today (18 April), will finish on Thursday 18 May 2017.The opening will create four new part-time employment opportunities, with plans to increase vacancies in the future.Mike Holling, head of retail at Birds Bakery, told British Baker the company was always looking for new opportunities.“We have agents looking all the time for sites and this one in Stretton was brought to our attention as it’s in a good area,” Holling told British Baker.“The shop is expected to be extremely popular as we have had numerous requests, and it’s great to bring a craft bakery onto the high street.”The new store in Stretton will be selling all of the traditional Birds Bakery cakes, sandwiches, pork pies and coffees.Following the acquisition of the shop in Stretton, Birds Bakery has 58 sites around the UK and will be announcing another site in the area in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Massive All-Star Prince Tribute Featuring Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, John Mayer And More Announced

first_imgIn the wake of Prince‘s death earlier this year, there has been an outpouring of admiration for the artist from around the music industry. Countless artists have paid their respects to the Purple One onstage since then, but the upcoming tribute concert at St. Paul, MN’s Xcel Energy Center will be the biggest celebration yet.After long delays in planning, the official all-star salute to Prince promised by his sister Tyka Nelson will finally take place on October 13th. The lineup for the show is stacked with A-List talent  including Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Christina Aguilera, John Mayer, Anita Baker, Doug E. Fresh, Luke James, Bilal, Mint Condition and Prince-connected acts Morris Day & the Time, Judith Hill, Liv Warfield, the New Power Generation led by Morris Hayes, and members of 3rdEyeGirl. More artists are slated to be announced as the event approaches.After initially shooting for the Minnesota Vikings’ new U.S. Bank Stadium (with its 50,000 purple seats), concert organizers finally settled on the smaller Xcel Energy Center. Still, the event is expected to raise more than $1 million for Prince’s estate. According to concert organizer L. Londell McMillan in the Star Tribune, “It’s not about the money. It’s about celebrating his life and music and bringing people together and love for Prince.”Tickets go on sale on Monday at 10am at the Xcel Center box office, buy phone at 800-745-3000 and on Ticketmaster. Prices haven’t been announced yet but McMillan said they will start at $19.99.[h/t – Star Tribune]last_img read more

Ben Harper Announces Tour, New Album With Charlie Musselwhite

first_imgBen Harper and blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite have announced a follow up to their Grammy-winning 2013 collaborative album, Get Up!. The 10-track record, No Mercy In This Land, is due out on March 30th.Harper and Musselwhite have also announced an extensive series of North American and European tour dates in support of their new album. The run will kick off with a two-night album release run in San Francisco before the duo heads across the pond for all of April. Harper and Musselwhite will then return to the United States for a number of spring and summer dates, including two-night stands in Solana Beach, CA, Toronto, Cambridge, MA, and New York City.Fans can pre-order No Mercy In This Land here, and tickets for the tour are slated to go on sale Friday, January 26th. You can check out the trailer for the new album below.Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite Tour DatesMarch 30 San Francisco, CA—The FillmoreMarch 31 San Francisco, CA-—The FillmoreApril 3 Glasgow, UK—Oran MorApril 6 Manchester, UK—Academy 2April 7 London, UK—Shepherds Bush EmpireApril 9 Amsterdam,—ParadisoApril 10 Berlin—HuxleysApril 11 Cologne—Live Music HallApril 12 Luxembourg—Den AtelierApril 14 Brussels, Belgium- La MadeleineApril 23 Milan, Italy- FabriqueApril 25 Geneva—Salle des FetesApril 27 Barcelona—BartsApril 30 Lisbon—Aula MagnaMay 3 Madrid—La RiveriaMay 7 Los Angeles, CA—TroubadourMay 8 Los Angeles, CA—TroubadourMay 12 Solana Beach, CA—Belly UpMay 13 Solana Beach, CA—Belly UpMay 28 Toronto, ONT—Mod ClubMay 29 Toronto, ONT—Mod ClubJune 3 Cambridge, MA—The SinclairJune 4 Cambridge, MA—The SinclairJune 8 New York, NY—The Bowery BallroomJune 9 New York, NY—The Bowery BallroomJuly 29 Detroit, MI—St. Andrews HallJuly 30 Chicago, IL—Thalia HallAugust 1 Saint Paul, MN—Palace TheaterAugust 3 Denver, CO—Gothic TheaterAugust 27 Santa Cruz, CA—The Catalyst[Photo: Erik Kabik]last_img read more

Trey Anastasio’s Ghosts Of The Forest Announce New Dates Including Berkeley Show With Khruangbin

first_imgFollowing last week’s initial announcement of Trey Anastasio’s new band, Ghosts of the Forest, as well as an east coast spring run, the band has added two west coast dates to the mix today.Trey Anastasio’s Ghosts of the Forest will play Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre on April 19th, with special guests to be announced, and Berkeley, CA’s Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley on April 20th with Texas-native “Thai funk” trio Khruangbin.Tickets will be available through a real-time presale beginning on Wednesday, December 19th at 12:00 p.m (PST) and ending on Thursday, December 20th at 5:00 p.m. (PST) here.Tickets for both shows go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 21st at 10 a.m. (PST) via Ticketmaster.Trey Anastasio’s Ghosts of the Forest Tour Dates:APRIL4 – Portland, ME – State Theatre5 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Opera6 – Washington, DC – Anthem9 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre10 – Boston, MA – Orpheum12 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre13 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre19 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre20 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre at UC BerkeleyView All Tour DatesRelated: Getting To Know Celisse Henderson, The “Newest” Member Of Trey Anastasio’s Ghosts Of The Forest [Videos]last_img read more

Expedition Arctic Greenland: The Ultimate Rugged Experience

first_imgMike Libecki, famed National Geographic Explorer and Dell Ambassador, has been on more than 75 expeditions to the most remote areas of the world. This time, Dell’s partnership with Mike allowed him and his team the opportunity to explore and document his most recent trip to an unexplored portion of Greenland, traversing -20 degree artic weather while using Dell Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet to help navigate the rigorous terrain and climb the most remote, demanding ascent the region has to offer. Greenland: Unexplored Earth is part of a new virtual reality (VR) series documenting Mike’s adventures. Mike and his team used the power of Dell Precision workstations to create these 360-degree VR experiences with the goal of inviting people to explore places they never dreamed of going, and give them a stronger appreciation for the planet, particularly with the growing impact of climate change.Here’s Mike’s experience of the 40-day exploration in Greenland, in his own words:Exploration is my passion and has been in my blood for generations. I’m fortunate to be able to make my living as a modern-day adventurer, working (and playing!) in the world’s most remote regions. I’m a climber, and seek mountains, and the largest rock walls in the world that haven’t been touched by anyone else. I never cease to be amazed by this planet on which we’re blessed to live.I have spent more than an accumulated year of my life on expeditions in Greenland (12 and counting, to be exact), since my first time there in 1998. Naturally, it’s a dreamland for climbers, kayakers, skiers and lovers of nature seeking remote unspoiled Earth.However, during my last expedition to Greenland last year, I observed the changing ice levels and glacial formations. It made me want to redouble my efforts to raise awareness about the beauty and wonder of the arctic world and let people see the raw power and magic of our planet before these last untouched tracts are changed forever or gone completely. Thanks to Dell and a crew of filmmakers and fellow explorers, we recorded this last adventure in VR to share this piece of our world that they will likely never experience otherwise.We recorded footage in 8K high-definition, 360-degree VR to ensure a high degree of personalization and intimacy to the experience. We wanted an armchair viewer with the headset on to feel like he is right next to me as I dangle 300-feet off the ground or paddleboard alongside swimming polar bears. You really get a sense of the majesty of these environments when you are totally submerged in it via VR. The 360-degree video captures the essence of exploring in a way that a static picture or standard video cannot. We used powerful Dell Precision workstations to create this experience and recently premiered it for attendees at CES and the Sundance Film Festival. When people removed their headsets, they exuded an energy similar to what I felt on my journey.The Greenland experience itself would also not have been possible without durable technology for the 40-day journey. The gear we use in the field cannot fail, and I knew from my previous adventures using the Dell Rugged tablet that I could rely on it 100 percent.We set sail into the unknown Greenland eastern sea and put the Dell Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet to the absolute test. For six days, the boat was stuck surrounded by ice. We looked for a passage out of the sea ice using the Dell Rugged tablet with a drone.We loaded the Dell Rugged tablet into a haul bag and launched it off of the 2,000 foot wall to see if it would survive – and it did. Though the screen was cracked from the fall, it powered right up when we got to the bottom. As I begin planning my next adventure, one thing I know for certain is that I can rely on Dell Rugged.The Dell Rugged tablet helped take us to some of the most remote places on earth, handling everything we threw its way…literally.Now, with the ability to record and share my experiences using VR technology, we can bring these incredible experiences to more people and help shine a spotlight on solving some of our world’s most important issues, like protecting our planet.It’s amazing to think about the future of exploration with powerful technology.last_img read more

Take Back the Night protests sexual assault

first_imgStudents will put their best foot forward as they march around campus Thursday and protest sexual assault as part of the annual Take Back the Night initiative, coordinated by the Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) at Saint Mary’s and the Gender Relations Center (GRC) at Notre Dame. The event includes a kick off at 4:45 p.m. at Lake Marian at Saint Mary’s, a dinner and “speak out” at Legends at 5:30 p.m., a march around Notre Dame campus at 7:45 p.m. and a candlelight prayer vigil at the Grotto at 8:15 p.m.Connie Adams, director of BAVO, said Take Back the Night unites participants by informing them of the harsh realities of violence on college campuses.“When we recognize and stand with some of the most vulnerable within our community, we are the strongest,” Adams said. “If we want to see a reduction in violence, we are all responsible for becoming educated and committing to prevention.”Adams said the initiative allows sexual assault survivors to talk about their experiences in a supportive environment.“Sexual assault is a crime of silence,” Adams said. “Survivors deserve a space where they can share their stories, use their voices and be heard.”The event raises awareness about an underrepresented issue, which reflects the mission of the College, Adams said.“Saint Mary’s has a long history of meeting the needs of the times as founded by the Sisters of the Holy Cross,” Adams said. “By speaking out and addressing this prominent issue and need of our time, students become one with a long tradition of advocacy and compassion. The first step in change is always awareness.”Regina Gesicki, assistant director for educational initiatives at the GRC, said in an email she hopes the event evokes emotion in students and sparks change.“I hope attendees of Take Back the Night will leave the event feeling supported by their community, empowered to be part of ongoing initiatives to promote culture change and hopeful that with everyone working together, we can build a future at Notre Dame where the silence around sexual violence is eliminated,” she said.Gesicki said Take Back the Night serves as a form of healing for those affected by sexual assault.“We know that reclaiming one’s agency is so important in healing, individually and as a community, and this can serve as a powerful way to tell one’s story for the first time, or to share wherever one is on the journey, all in a safe and supportive environment,” Gesicki said. “The release of the [Campus Climate Survey] statistics was one step further in breaking the silence around sexual violence, and Take Back the Night is another way to continue the dialogue toward change, and [offer] support [for] our community members who have been impacted.”Sophomore Abigail Spica, chair of BAVO’s events and campaigns committee, said one in five college women will be affected by sexual assault.“That’s a staggering amount,” Spica said. “If you look at the statistics between Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, our campus statistics reflect the national average, unfortunately. Twenty percent of our community is affected by this, at least, and those are just reported numbers.”Spica said Take Back the Night empowers students to work to eradicate this cycle of violence.“I hope that people not only have more of an awareness of violence that occurs within our community, but also that they’re inspired to end this violence, to actually make our campus a safer space,” Spica said. “It’s a movement that represents support for a common humanity.”Sophomore Marilla Opra, marketing representative on BAVO’s events and campaigns committee, said protesting sexual assault is a necessary step in preventing it.“It’s an issue that’s getting out of control,” Opra said.“By uniting survivors and supporters, we can help.”Opra said Take Back the Night makes a noticeable statement because it involves so many people.“There’s strength in numbers,” Opra said. “When people see a large group surrounding supporters of a cause, then they feel more empowered to reach out for help and share their voices and help others. It’s a positive chain effect.”Opra said student involvement plays an integral role in the success of Take Back the Night.“It’s one thing to have a teacher or authority figure preaching, but to hear it from fellow students resonates more,” Opra said. “It makes it more relatable and easier to understand. Seeing it firsthand really puts things into perspective and makes it hit home and shows how much of an epidemic it really is.”Spica said she hopes the event changes the minds and hearts of participants by demonstrating the necessity to eliminate sexual assault.“It allows people to come together as a group and learn,” Spica said. “Even if we can make one person recognize that this is a problem and it needs to stop, that’s our goal.”Tags: BAVO, GRC, Take Back the Nightlast_img read more